17 March 2015
Skin around the eyes is naturally thinner and more vulnerable to external aggressors, such as pollution and UV damage, so invest in a daily fail-safe product to plump, soften and protect. 'It's a difficult area to treat,' says Sally Penford, education manager at the International Dermal Institute, 'as there are a lot of muscles that we're using all the time. Wrinkles develop with every blink, smile and expression but ideally it shows a life well lived.'
'Massage helps de-puff and get circulation moving,' says Debbie. Hydration is everything, so combine both when you apply eye cream. You will also see an instant lift, and over time, a longer lasting difference, says the brains behind the mini massage, Nathalie Eleni
- international facialist to natural beauties including Livia Firth and Carey Mulligan. Here are her top three tips for trying eye massage at home:
1. Apply some eye gel or cream, then place your ring finger (has the least amount of pressure) just under the tear duct of each eye. Using medium pressure with a pumping movement, slowly press along the under-eye area in about 10 gradual moves until you reach your temples
2. Now massage the temples, which is a lymph node, using small circular, anti-clockwise movements to help drain toxins and fluids from the face. Continue this technique along you eye sockets, round towards your temples again. Slowly repeat three times
3. Finally, place the index finger at the bridge of your nose just under the brow. Pushup and under the muscle, so that you are lifting it and hold for the count of ten. Work your way along the whole brow with this technique and repeat three times.
Within a few days you should notice a differencee with your eye contours becoming more lifted and toned over time.
Finding the perfect eye cream for you and your lifestyle can be a challenge with so many to choose from on the market. Our round up consists of a selection of serums, creams and gels with a variety of applicators, so you can choose the best one for you.
Many reputable skin care brands even offer skin care consultations, so if you find one below that you like, consider visiting there in-store counter where they will be able to give you advice and recommending the best product for your particular skin type.
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